Students want better support, materials: New survey

More than one in four Australian university students want better support or higher quality learning materials according to the latest national snapshot of student experiences. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the 2015 Student Experiences Survey should help focus efforts so more students are supported to finish their course. Minister Birmingham said that…

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Ellis’ analysis a shambles

Opposition Early Childhood spokesperson Kate Ellis has taken another hit to her credibility on child care after she hitched her wagon to analysis of the Turnbull Government’s child care reforms, analysis that itself admits is incomplete and flawed. “New independent research has revealed that Malcolm Turnbull is spending an extra $3 billion on a child…

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School compliance with the Education Act

“In May 2015 my department initiated a formal review into six school authorities affiliated with the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) following ongoing concerns about their independence, financial management and governance arrangements. “As a result of this review, on 13 November 2015, my department issued a Notice of proposed decision to each of the…

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Australia’s largest school poetry competition opens

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said entries were now open for the 2016 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards, Australia’s oldest and largest poetry competition for school aged children. “The Dorothea Mackellar Awards are a great opportunity for students to express themselves through poetry and to explore a form of creativity and writing that can…

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College coders honoured in Cyber Security Challenge

Twelve top college coders have “raised the bar” for other young Australians according to the Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham, as demand for cyber security skills booms. Minister Birmingham said that along with the Turnbull Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, the Cyber Security Challenge promoted a greater focus on science, technology, engineering…

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Universal access to early education for all Australian children

All states and territories have signed up to the Turnbull Government’s National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education, unlocking $840 million in federal funding for quality preschool programmes across the country. Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said the National Partnership guarantees funding for 600 hours of quality preschool and…

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Xenophon courting the ‘Hanson vote’

“Revelations in The Australian today that one of Senator Nick Xenophon’s federal candidates has aligned herself with a group that has strong links to Pauline Hanson pose some serious questions for the candidate, Ms Sharkie, and Senator Xenophon. “The Food Producers Land Owners Action Group (FLAG) has actively promoted Pauline Hanson and hosted at least…

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Shorten confirms Labor and the AEU ‘one-and-the-same’

Bill Shorten today confirmed the Australian Education Union is simply a mouthpiece for the Australian Labor Party, claiming apparently ‘independent’ AEU research as his own Shadow Education Minister’s. “So what Kate’s research underlines is that there isn’t enough money being invested in our school kids.” – Bill Shorten, Press Conference, 15/02/2016 ‘Kate’s research’ actually refers…

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Labor’s child care delays hurt families

Labor has confirmed they will continue to block the Jobs for Families child care package by opposing required savings measures, while revealing they will blow out their almost $50 billion budget black hole by promising amendments.   “Any changes, amendments or expansion of the child care reforms need to be paid for,” Minister Birmingham said.…

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